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LRWN - Fourche LaFave River Bridge

Photos 

Bigelow Railroad Bridge

Photo looking east.

Photo taken by J Randall Houp in March 2012

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BH Photo #226607

Map 

Brief note: 

Written by J Randall Houp

I first visited and photographed this bridge in the summer of 2007. It appears from the existing piers on the west side where the long trestle now sits that this is the original location of the pass-through bridge that now sits above the swing pedestal. The original swing span for some unknown reason was taken out several years ago. Parts of a former bridge were found in the river at various locations. This is just one of three known pass through truss bridges built by Rock Island Railroad between Little Rock and the Oklahoma border. Railroad currently operating as the Little Rock & Western Railroad running from Little Rock to Danville.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Fourche LaFave River on Little Rock & Western Railroad
Location
Perry County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W)
- Little Rock & Western Railway (LRWN)
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.97911, -92.61862   (decimal degrees)
34°58'45" N, 92°37'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/534810/3870792 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fourche
Inventory number
BH 51593 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 6, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 4, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp
  • Douglas Butler